Dozens of companies come together to hire vets, their families


by Brittany Gonzalez

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 27 at 7:20 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS 11) -- More than 80 employers across Kentuckiana came together Thursday for the Hiring for Heroes event at the University of Phoenix on Linn Station Road.

Companies from all different sectors were on hand to help veteran transition from an active military life back to a civilian life.

Mark Mathis attended the event and said he hopes to learn about new career options. For the last 11 years Mathis has been in the service.

“It’s a little scary. I’m almost 50-years-old and all of a sudden I’m looking for a job that’s something I’ve never had to do before,” Mathis said.

On hand to help those transitioning from active duty was medal of honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer. 

“When I got out of the military I struggled looking for employment. There wasn’t a lot of jobs looking for snipers if that’s what you were marketing yourself as,” Meyer said to a laughing crowd.

Meyer said he wanted veterans to learn how to transfer the skills they learned in the military such as discipline, drive, commitment, and leadership into the corporate world.
“When you are trying to sell yourself to a corporation I mean just to get yourself through the door you have to have the individual mentality. You have to have the ability to sell yourself and market yourself to make them want you," Meyer said.

Companies like FarmCredit said they are participating in the Hiring Our Heroes job fair because of the special skill set veterans possess.

“In a financial institution you have to be able to lead others, motivate others, motivate others, keep morale high… those are all things veterans are coming back with,” Dawn Melikant with FarmCredit said.  

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